As you head into summer, make sure you know how to stay calm and get the help you need in the unfortunate event of a dental emergency in Racine, WI!
Today, our team at North Bay Dental is reminding you that we can help with your dental emergency both in our office with treatment, and with helpful strategies for keeping your cool and possibly saving your smile until you get here!
General Strategies For Handling A Dental Emergency
Preparation is key to staying calm in an emergency situation. That’s why these general tips are great strategies that can also be applied to an accident or injury involving your mouth, teeth, or gums.
*Keep Bleeding Under Control*
Stop bleeding first!
This is true for any medical emergency. If a tooth is injured somehow, chances are the soft, delicate tissues around that tooth have also been affected, which means you may need to first get bleeding under control before you take any other action.
*Know Your Emergency Dental Care Contact Info*
The main reason people find themselves in a panic in a dental emergency situation is not knowing where to go for help.
Everyone knows to call 911 or head to the emergency room for all other types of medical emergencies, but not everyone has a dentist office they can rely on for tooth-related injuries.
But you do!
That’s because you have North Bay Dental in Racine, WI to help you get the dental care you need when minutes matter.
One of the easiest ways to stay calm during this kind of situation is to already have our contact info stored in your phone. You won’t have to spend even a second worrying about who to turn to for dental care.
*Create Your Own Dental First-Aid Kit*
Make sure there’s a space next to your home first-aid kit for an emergency kit specifically catered to dental injuries.
You can find all kinds of them online, or you can save a few bucks by making your own.
Here are some common helpful items to include:
*Sterile gauze pads or cloth
*A non-aspirin pain reliever
*A small container with a lid or seal
Strategies For More Specific Types Of Emergencies
Here are a few more strategies for keeping your sanity during specific dental emergency situations:
*You’ve just had a tooth knocked out*
The general rule with a knocked out tooth is to bring it to your emergency dental appointment if you can. We may be able to save it.
Never pick up a tooth by the root, though! Always pick it up carefully by the white part, known as the crown, and place it back in its socket, inside your cheek, or in a sealable container of milk or water until you get treatment.
*It feels like a tooth is about to fall out*
Don’t mess with it! You might think you’re doing yourself a favor by pulling a very loose tooth out, but the truth is that saving a natural tooth is always preferred.
When we meet up with you in our Racine, WI dental office, we’ll determine if the loose tooth can be strengthened somehow or if actually does need to be extracted.
In the meantime, try not to touch it and manage the pain while you wait for Dr. Reesman to take a look at it.
*Your filling, crown, or healthy tooth suffers damage*
This might be the time to get out the dental adhesive you put in your emergency kit!
Something like a damaged tooth or failing restoration can happen when you’re doing something as harmless as eating dinner. It doesn’t always take much to bite down the wrong way and chip or break your dental crown or part of a healthy tooth.
It may or may not be painful, so use a cold pack and pain reliever as needed. Then call our Racine, WI dental office so we can help you determine the urgency of the situation and make arrangements accordingly.
You might be able to get by with some dental cement until the next business day, or it might be preferable to be seen right away.
Call Us For Help
If you’re faced with a dental emergency, reach out to Dr. Reesman and our team at North Bay Dental.
Someone from our Racine, WI dental office will take your call and guide you through the next steps for emergency care. We’ll do everything we can to help so you’re back to enjoying a pain-free, drama-free summer!